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Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

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Professional Designation

Professional Designation

Program Description

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada: the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM). These programs prepare payroll practitioners to manage the compliance requirements of an organization's annual payroll cycle, deliver clear and reliable payroll information, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and payroll discussions.

The Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification is the foundation of your career in payroll. It provides you with the compliance knowledge required to process an organization's annual payroll cycle, effectively communicate payroll information to all stakeholders, and understand the accounting function as it relates to payroll.

Applicants interested in pursuing the PCP Certification

Durham College offers the courses to complete the academic requirements for the PCP certification. To register students must;

  • Register and pay both Durham College and the CPA. Please visit for instructions to register with the CPA (Note: the accounting course does not require registration with CPA as you transfer the credit once completed.)
  • Be members of the CPA and also pay the annual CPA membership fee
  • Register with the CPA at least two weeks prior to the start date of the course

Note: The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) requires a grade of 65% on the final exam and 65% overall in order for the credit to be accepted toward CPA certifications. Also, the completion of the Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) is a requirement for certification. For additional details, visit the CPA website at or email

Maintaining Your Certification

All certified individuals must comply with the below three requirements in order to maintain certification with the CPA.

  1. Maintain a membership with the CPA through a Professional Membership or through the Organization Membership of their employer
  2. Adhere to the CPA Code of Professional Conduct
  3. Meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements

For more information on the PCP certification and registration, visit the CPA website at;

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
ACCT 1280Accounting IOnline
ACCT 1280Accounting IMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 4288Accounting I (HURM)Online
ACCT 4288Accounting I (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
CPA 1281Payroll Compliance LegislationDistance Education